With the park reopened to traffic following closures to allow for more pedestrians bicycling space during the height of the COVID-19 restrictions, city parks planners say the plaza parking area in front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum is in dire need of repair:
The existing stone within Volunteer Park Drive was installed in 1975 based on drawings by Richard Haag as an extension of the paving at the steps and entry to the Museum. Appoximately 230 sf of stone pavers in the primary vehicle path were replaced with concrete previously (believed to be at least 10-15 years ago). Approximately 410 sf of the remaining stone in the primary vehicle drive area has failed and needs to be replaced. Together, the 640 sf of previously failed and currently failed stone represents 33% of all stonework within the primary vehicle drive area (1950 sf total).
A project to replace the plaza’s cracking stones was recently brought in front of the city’s landmarks review board. The body will need to sign off on the project within the protected confines of the more than 100-year-old park. Continue reading